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Posted: Wednesday, July 20, 2005 10:30 am | Updated: 8:15 am, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

A lightning strike near Gold Canyon started a 2,000-acre fire before it was brought under control Tuesday.

The fire, called at varying times Tomahawk and Kings Ranch, did not damage any structures, an Apache Junction Fire official said.

About 11 p.m. Monday, a bolt of lightning struck near U.S. 60 and Kings Ranch Road. Responding were fire crews from Apache Junction, Mesa, Rural/Metro and Tonto National Forest, a Rural/Metro spokeswoman said.

PEACHVILLE FIRE SUPERIOR

• A fire that was believed to have been started by lightning in the Tonto National Forest had grown to about 2,000 acres by Tuesday, a forest spokeswoman said.

The Peachville fire was about three miles north of Superior. Forest spokeswoman Emily Garber said winds were pushing the fire away from the town. ‘‘They’re not out of it yet, but that is a hopeful sign,’’ she said.

About 50 firefighters built lines and dropped retardant around the southern part of the fire to keep it away from both the town and a 115-kilovolt power line that serves Superior and Phoenix.

Other fires burning in the Tonto National Forest include the 11,000-acre Edge Complex fire, which is burning near the Beeline Highway 20 miles northeast of Mesa, and the Miles fire, which has burned 600 acres about 10 miles north of Superior.

PRESCOTT FIRE PRESCOTT

• A wildfire that began as two-lightning sparked blazes in the Prescott National Forest had grown to about 6,000 acres by Tuesday but was about 5 percent contained.

Firefighters were working to keep the fire out of the pristine Cedar Bench Wilderness Area, said Debbie Maneely, a Prescott National Forest spokeswoman. ‘‘There’s a lot of wildlife in there that they want to protect,’’ she said.

Firefighters also built defensible space around the historic Arnold Place cabin about a mile north of the blaze and a communications site three miles northeast of the fire.

Crews also cleared debris and brush from around cabins and ranches in the area as a precaution, though no structures were threatened as of Tuesday, Maneely said.

About 340 firefighters conducted burnout operations and built lines around the fire Tuesday, said Wendell Peacock, a spokesman for the team fighting the fire.

FLORIDA FIRE TUCSON

• A burnout and heavy rains helped reduce the potential for the 22,500-acre Florida fire to threaten Madera Canyon, officials said Tuesday. Crews had burned fuels on the canyon’s east side. The area received up to an inch of rain Monday night. The fire was 60 percent contained Tuesday.

INDIAN HILLS FIRE TUCSON

• A 600-acre fire burning along the San Pedro River was 20 percent contained Tuesday, with full containment expected by Wednesday.

‘‘There’s little projected movement expected unless you get a thunderstorm,’’ said Judy Wood, a spokeswoman for the State Land Department.

Firefighters continued to mop up the fire and use bulldozers to reinforce lines on the south end of the blaze Tuesday.

The Indian Hills fire caused the evacuation of about 100 residents living in about 30 trailer homes and other homes in Dudleyville on Sunday. Residents were allowed to return home Monday.

The fire, which started Sunday, had also destroyed three homes and 10 other buildings. The cause was under investigation.

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